In 1962, future Pulitzer Prize–winning author Alex Haley sat down with jazz musician Miles Davis for what would become an institution of American journalism—the Playboy Interview. To celebrate the Interview’s 50th anniversary, Playboy has culled 50 of its most (in)famous Interviews and will publish them over the course of 50 weekdays (from September 4, 2012 to November 12, 2012) via Amazon’s Kindle Direct platform. Here, a glimpse at our conversation with talk-radio host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh from the December 1993 issue.
“A feminazi is not a feminist. A feminazi is two things: a woman to whom the most important thing in life is seeing to it that every abortion possible happens. I’ve not found more than 20 of those, but they exist, and they do this to advance their political agenda and hate for men. And then there’s another kind of feminazi, who demands from you total compliance with the feminist agenda, or you’re an enemy. But a woman who wants equal pay for equal work—who wants independence, who wants to enjoy life—that’s not a feminazi.”
“I am inclined to believe that it is not an active choice. I do think that if you get hold of people young enough and attempt to sway them, that homosexuality can be steered into them. I just don’t see how it can be a choice. I know plenty of gay people, and they all insist that it wasn’t. Some of my most ardent supporters think I’m being conned because I don’t realize that these are perverts seeking to be perverts. But I just don’t know too many people who seek to be perverts. It would certainly not be the most popular choice one could make in life.”
“When I say I’m incapable of a successful courtship, it’s because I don’t feel that I can be myself totally. I hate being coy when I don’t want to be. I hate acting uninterested when I don’t want to. But you must. Nice guys never get laid.”
“The reason I stand out in articulating my principles is that I don’t feel defensive about what I believe. I also don’t feel that I’m in a minority. I believe a vast majority of the people in this country are conservative, at least in the way they live their lives and want their children to turn out. But liberalism sounds good. Socialism sounds good. Economically it’s tough, but politically, boy, it sounds so good. And conservatism’s hard. With conservatism, you have to take care of yourself. Yet conservatism is the secret to life, it’s the secret to happiness, the secret to prosperity. You’re in charge—you have the freedom to be yourself.”
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